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Windows 8 search cannot find any of my videos!

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    Windows 8 search cannot find any of my videos!


    I thought that Windows 7 search was bad until I started trying to search for my many videos in my win 8 laptop. I even used KIND:= VIDEOS but the search came up empty???? This frustration never used to happen with win XP. I tried all manner of searches and although I have hundreds of videos still the search could not find a single one. Does anyone know of a third party search that is at least as good as XPs? I often do searches and need to use wildcards because of the plethora of files I have. If possible I would prefer a free search application.

    I use the excellent Classic Shell. With my fast booting win 8 (fast booting is the only positive thing about win 8 I have encountered so far).

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    Be sure to check this article on using windows search : Advanced tips for searching in Windows
    If you know the specific extension of your videos, you could try something as simple as *.mpg or *.avi.

    That said if you still don't like windows search, there are free alternatives like SearchEverything (Everything Search Engine) which is great, or FileSearchEX (Classic Search for Windows) which looks and works a lot like search in XP.
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    I use a little program called Everything. Fantastic for finding folders or files, but not the content in a file.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneeyed View Post
    Be sure to check this article on using windows search : Advanced tips for searching in Windows
    If you know the specific extension of your videos, you could try something as simple as *.mpg or *.avi.

    That said if you still don't like windows search, there are free alternatives like SearchEverything (Everything Search Engine) which is great, or FileSearchEX (Classic Search for Windows) which looks and works a lot like search in XP.
    Thanks!
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